7th JCP-CPV theoretical exchange held in Tokyo

August 27 & 28, 2017

The Japanese Communist Party delegation headed by Fuwa Tetsuzo, the director of the JCP-affiliated Social Sciences Institute, and the Communist Party of Vietnam delegation headed by Pham Minh Chinh, a Politburo member and the secretary of the CPV Central Committee, held the seventh round of their theoretical exchange meetings on August 26 and 27 at the JCP head office in Tokyo.

Their focus of discussion was on “New trends in regional and international affairs: challenges and future development”.

At the outset, Fuwa in his greeting pointed out that the JCP-CPV talks this time mark about half a century since the two parties first met with each other in solidarity. He recollected that he visited wartime Hanoi in January of 1966 and that both sides in a meeting with the attendance of President Ho Chi Minh had agreed on the need of an international united front to support Vietnam fighting against the U.S. invasion. He said many things happened in the past half century, and added, “But the close ties built between the two parties as comrades in the middle of that war still stands firm.”

Chinh expressed his heartfelt appreciation for Fuwa’s words of welcome touching upon the two parties’ history. He also offered his congratulations on the JCP advance in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election and said, “Our theoretical exchange is a valuable contribution to mutual cooperation in the international arena.”

Fuwa delivered a report entitled, “The situation and present challenges in Japan and the world.” He reported on emerging global features such as the establishment of the UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, new developments in hegemonism, and the crisis and popular movements in the capitalist world while referring to the JCP 27th Congress resolution.

In regard to Japan, Fuwa talked about the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, the turbulent political situation, the crisis of the Abe government, and the formation and outlook of the “united front between concerned citizens and opposition parties”.

Chinh’s report was on “New trends in regional and international affairs and policies of the Communist Party of Vietnam”.

He talked about the characteristics of changes in the world and Asia as well as the impact of such changes on Vietnam. He explained the direction of the CPV policy of making the best use of opportunities that arise and overcoming hardships when he talked about the 12th National Congress of the CPV resolution.

On August 27, the two sides held the second-day session of the theoretical exchange.

They also held question and answer period. In order to explain the peculiar nature of the Abe government foreign policy which is different from the conventional LDP stance, Fuwa cited the SDF deployment in South Sudan with the collective self-defense right, the stress on a military response to North Korean issues, and the Japan-Russia summit meeting where Abe did not mention Russia’s annexation of Ukraine at all as examples. Fuwa pointed to Prime Minister Abe’s attempt to adversely revise the Constitution and he then introduced the JCP proposal for the creation of a community of peace and cooperation in Northeast Asia.

They also exchanged views on socialism, territorial issues, and the Latin American situation. Five persons from the CPV delegation spoke to add to Chinh’s report.

Both sides reaffirmed that the seventh round of the theoretical exchange meetings over ten years achieved great success and that they will continue this tradition to be utilized in the effort to make a difference in each country.

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JCP Chair Shii Kazuo on August 27 had talks with head of the CPV delegation Pham Minh Chinh, a Politburo member and the secretary of the CPV Central Committee, at the JCP head office.

Shii first welcomed their visit and said that he is glad to see the success of the JCP-CPV theoretical exchange. He expressed his hope that the meetings will develop further.

Chinh thanked for Shii’s welcoming remarks and conveyed the message of congratulations from CPV General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong for the JCP victory in the Tokyo election.

Regarding the theoretical exchange meetings held on August 26 and 27, Chinh said, “The two parties exchanged information about the complicated new and emerging developments in the world and the region, sharing study results. It was a rich and varied opinion exchange.” He then said that he is pleased at the success of the talks.

Shii thanked Chinh for his warm remarks on the JCP victory in the Tokyo election and expressed his happiness at the continuing development of cooperation between the JCP and the CPV, for example, in the UN conference in March and July on the nuclear weapons ban treaty in which Shii himself spoke as well as in the 9th General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) held in Malaysia last September.

Chinh requested a JCP visit to Vietnam to hold the next round of the theoretical exchange meetings. Both sides reconfirmed their intention to continue and develop the exchange meetings.

After the talks, Shii hosted a dinner party in which all members of the two delegations participated. They had pleasant conversations about various topics including impressions of the exchange meeting and JCP-CPV interactions.

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